Police won’t give up on a 10-year-old central Nebraska homicide case and officials said they’re still actively pursuing leads despite having no suspects.
Kearney Police Department Captain Mike Kirkwood says that investigators work on the Kelcey Fike murder investigation on almost a daily basis. Police remain confident they will find Fike’s killer, particularly once technology advances to test and decipher the DNA found on the victim’s body, Kirkwood said.
“We still believe there’s that person out there who knows what happened and knows what’s going on,” he said. “Technology is really coming around. Eventually, we’re going to get there to where we can use the DNA to give us the lead we need.”
Kirkwood shared more details about Fike’s June 2008 death at her trailer in Kearney. Police believe there’s a high probability the killer knew Fike and that an attempted sexual assault may have occurred, he said.
Police continue to look into an unidentified car that was captured on video surveillance leaving the trailer park early in the morning before Fike’s body was found. Authorities believe the driver is key to the case and might have knowledge about Fike’s death.
Kirkwood said there aren’t any signs of forced entry, which indicates that Fike might have let someone inside her trailer before she was killed.
An autopsy found that Fike died of a ligature strangulation and blunt force trauma to the torso and head. Fike had bruises that were consistent with defensive wounds.
“People want this crime solved and they want the killer brought to justice, and the community has stayed involved with it, and that’s exactly what we need,” Kirkwood said. “We don’t want this to be forgotten.”